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first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho is ready to drop established players for the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday after the Old Trafford club’s weekend defeat by Premier League bottom side West Bromwich Albion.United suffered a shock 1-0 home loss to West Brom on Sunday, handing the title to Manchester City, and Mourinho said his team were the “masters of complication”. They next visit Bournemouth on Wednesday before facing Spurs at Wembley.Asked if he would rotate his players for the midweek league game on the south coast, Mourinho indicated that some of those who played against West Brom would feature again at Bournemouth because they had lost their place for the semi-final.“Rotating is not the right word,” he was quoted as saying by The Independent. “If I play a player against Bournemouth and the player is phenomenal, he plays the semi-final.“So is not rotating, because rotating looks like a player plays against Bournemouth to give a rest to somebody that is going to play against Spurs in the semi-final.“So the word is not rotation, it is an opportunity for people, for some people, to play and to try to get a place in the team for Spurs. Some of the guys that played (on Sunday) don’t have a place in that team.”Asked to clarify if he meant those who performed badly against West Brom would not play against Tottenham, Mourinho said: “Yeah. What is the criteria for a manager to choose a team? I only know one criteria: (it) is the way you play.“Or do you want me to go for the price they cost, or their salary, or their beautiful face? The only way is to go with performance.”Ander Herrera was substituted at halftime against West Brom, while fellow midfielder Paul Pogba came off in the 58th minute, but Mourinho said that a yellow card had also been a factor in the Frenchman’s replacement.“It was not just him and he had a yellow card, so he was in a more difficult position than others,” Mourinho said.“And playing with only two midfield players, you cannot play with one player in risk of not being able to make a foul.“You can do it if your team is not losing the ball, but our team was losing the ball so easy with the complication, everything was complicated, so we were losing lots of balls.“Paul was out because of the yellow card, because in terms of the way he played, he was not worse than some others that were on the pitch for 90 minutes.”last_img read more


first_imgThe Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced that the Government will work with the Burrell family to plan the funeral of the late President of the Jamaica Football Federation, Captain Horace Burrell. Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, Minister Grange said: “Our country owes Captain Burrell a huge debt of gratitude for his work. “In this regard, I am pleased to announce that Captain Burrell’s family will have one hundred percent support from the Government and from my Ministry to assist in planning his funeral.   “A committee has been established which includes the JFF, the staff of the Ministry of Sports, and his family to make those arrangements.” Minister Grange announced that the funeral service is to take place at the National Arena on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 beginning at 10am with a Tribute Concert followed by a Service of Thanksgiving, in keeping with the family’s wish for a celebratory event. Interment will be at Up Park Camp.last_img read more


first_imgEducation Minister (ag) Nicolette Henry has lauded the launch of the Caribbean Examination Council’s (CXC) mobile application ‘CXC connect’, saying education is now thriving in “exciting times”.The app was launched in Barbados last Thursday, and on Monday the Minister and other officials of the Education Ministry met at the Giftland Mall to praise the initiative.“We are truly in exciting times, where ICT is, at last, providing a chance for our countries to be globally competitive in innovation and education,” the Minister told officials.According to Minister Henry, educators must not fail to embrace and apply new technology to education. According to her, the new app will bring much easier access to results to students.“The website will no doubt be transformative to the child with a laptop, a smartphone, and an Internet connection.”With the newly launched Connect app, not only will students be able to access examination results as soon as they are released, they will also be able to carry them in their pockets wherever they go, via their smartphones and other mobile devices.Students, parents and even educators have over the years complained about the late arrival of the examination results, and though efforts were made to see the early release of grades, the new app will reduce that waiting time to an all-time significant low.The app will be available to students as early as August 12.Students, who sat the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) during the May/June 2017 exams, will be able to utilise the app to access their results on August 12. Meanwhile students who wrote the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC) exam will be able to access their results via the app on August 15.Assistant Registrar, Webmaster Ayodele Pompey, gave a demonstration of the app at the launching event. He said beyond results students can also get information, advice and guidance as well, via CXC Connect.In terms of the benefits for persons who sat CXC exams prior to 2017, Pompey said there is currently no archive for past students, however, that should be ruled as an addition to the second or third generation versions of the CXC Connect app.“One of the things the app does is to enhance the communication perspective between CXC and its various stakeholders, students included. Part of that whole process is to be able to deliver information as it happens,” he saidRegard results and the timing of results, the Assistant Registrar said CXC has always been seeking to shorten the time from the examination to the results cycle. He assured that is something that will be ongoing.“But with respect to the app, whatever result immediacies we can be able to improve on certainly the app will provide that information at that time. For example, if we determine in the future and I believe that this is something that we will be able to do, if we determine that we can be able to enhance our delivery times, the app will be the most ideal thing to use.”In terms of what the future holds, he reiterated, “there will definitely be a shortening of time.”Parents and guardians can also receive tips to help their children and be guided on charges using the mobile app.last_img read more


first_img“There was a financial gap in these proposals from $2.5 million to $22 million, and that’s a really large gap,” Coleman said. There are close to two dozen pits in Irwindale and Azusa. The vast majority are in Irwindale, and several are still being actively mined. Some have already been filled and developed – for instance, the Irwindale Speedway was created on top of a reclaimed pit – while others are more than 100 feet deep and getting deeper. Filling the pits takes a long time, and probably can’t begin for decades while local companies continue to mine for the materials that make the nation’s roads and concrete, said Ray Hamada, Irwindale’s Planning director. “There would have to be perfect conditions to have the amount of earth available to fill a pit in a couple of years,” Hamada said. “I’d say you’d have to talk in terms of double digits, in years.” But the benefits could be worth it, Hamada and Coleman said. “There’s not very many locations along the 210 freeway any longer for so-called big-box or larger retail, and they like to be located along freeways,” Coleman said. “The appeal to the cities is sales tax dollars, because that pays for municipal services; the other reason is to provide better retail services to the community.” And the pits offer something rare – large swaths of land with nothing built on them, Coleman said. “The metropolitan region is essentially out of land in Southern California,” Coleman said. “The pieces of land that remain are more difficult – they have great promise, but also great challenges.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For land currently scarred by mining, some city officials harbor glittering visions of the future in which the pits will be filled and covered with houses and stores that rake in property and sales taxes. But that future is a long way off, said Azusa and Irwindale officials. An effort to fill and build on the 15-acre Kincaid Pit, which straddles Irwindale and Azusa near the Foothill (210) Freeway and Irwindale Avenue, came to a halt this month after developers’ ideas turned out to be out of reach for the cities’ budgets. The proposals for a big-box retail center or an outlet mall did not include enough funding for road improvements and other necessary infrastructure changes, said Bruce Coleman, Azusa’s Economic and Community Development director. last_img read more


first_img“While a consensus appears to be forming among some political leaders, no such consensus exists within industry. At this point, no industry consensus is expected,” Notley’s letter states.“So, Alberta, it comes down to what is best for us, all 4.3 million of us, the owners of our oil resources. As owners, we have an obligation to get the most value possible.”The letter says 35 million barrels worth of Alberta oil is sitting in storage. As a result, the price of Alberta crude is sitting around $10 a barrel, which Notley says is a fraction of what other world producers are getting. She said it means Alberta is losing $80 million per day.The premier has already said the province will buy as many as 80 locomotives and 7,000 rail tankers, expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars _ to move the province’s excess oil to markets, with the first shipments expected in late 2019.Advertisement EDMONTON, A.B. – Premier Rachel Notley discusses the case for imposing industry-wide oil production cuts in a letter to Albertans ahead of a scheduled news conference.The provincial government says Notley will speak to reporters Sunday evening about the next steps to ensure Albertans get the best possible value for their energy resources.The premier has also released an op-ed piece where she says the province must act now to deal with a growing glut of oil she blames on a lack of pipeline capacity.- Advertisement -Notley says in the letter that there are two competing ideas for short-term relief, either let the market sort itself out, risking possible job losses and business closures, or intervene and temporarily restrict oil production.The premier was asked about production cuts following a speech she made to the Toronto Board of Trade on Thursday, but wouldn’t say whether she was for or against the idea.Her op-ed letter says her government’s decision will be announced Sunday.Advertisement But she says in her letter that rail cars, new pipelines and increasing domestic refining capacity won’t bring relief soon enough.“We need to do more and do it now,” Notley writes. “Neither choice is without downsides.”Cenovus Energy proposed the idea of a production cut last month and the idea is being supported by opposition politicians in Alberta, including United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney.However, Imperial and Husky said Friday they remain opposed to involuntary production cuts but support the rail investments because they could help to improve market access.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgWHITTIER – Years of frustration with the blighted former Alpha Beta property began to ease on Thursday. Using sledgehammers, city officials, merchants and others each took a swing or two at the building. It was all part of a ceremony to celebrate the coming demolition of the property. “I was letting out frustrations,” said Whittier Councilman Joe Vinatieri, who actually knocked off parts of the cinder block planter. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I was swinging with delight with what’s going to happen there,” Vinatieri said. “I see today as the beginning of the renaissance of Uptown Whittier,” he said. “We’re excited about the developer’s plans. Whittier is on the move.” The City Council in September selected HDS Group of Beverly Hills to develop the 3.4-acre property along Hadley Street between Comstock and Milton avenues. The company has proposed two plans – one with a library and one without. Both also would include retail space and new homes. The council at its Oct. 9 meeting awarded a $227,000 contract to Balandra Demolition of San Bernardino to demolish the Alpha Beta store, former U.S. Bank and commercial strip on the property. The company already has begun removing asbestos from the Alpha Beta. The former bank is expected to come down in a few days with everything expected to be demolished in 45 days, said Jeff Collier, director of community development. Whittier Mayor Owen Newcomer was ecstatic. “This place will be flat territory by the time we celebrate the New Year,” Newcomer said. “We’re going to see great things here,” he said. “It’s a kickoff signature project that redevelops and revives Uptown.” The demolition can’t come too soon for Jeff Langan, secretary of the Whittier Uptown Association and owner of the former Whittier Paint and Wallpaper. “It’s great, but they’ve taken long to do it,” Langan said. “It should have been done 10 years ago,” he said. “However, the city does everything in its own time. This is a meaningful accomplishment. It’ll be a shot in the arm for the town.” The property once was the site of the former Jonathan Bailey School, said Candace Holley-Netland, collections manager for the Whittier Museum. The playground was located where the former Alpha Beta now stands. The Alpha Beta store opened in 1962 and was closed in 1993. The city purchased the Alpha Beta in March 2000 and the rest of the property during the next two years. “I remember the long negotiations to acquire the property to get it away from the property owner because Alpha Beta wanted to hang on to it to make sure nobody came here and competed with their new store,” Councilman Bob Henderson said. He was referring to the store – now a Ralphs – in the Whittier Marketplace. For others, the demolition of the Alpha Beta was sad. “It’s kind of a hurt,” said Joan Snyder of Whittier, who lived nearby during the 1980s. “I had small children and it was like my home away from home,” Snyder said. “I can’t believe this place is going.” Vinatieri, too, had memories of the store opening, recalling when Engineer Bill was there. “Some of you remember Engineer Bill on TV with his red light, green light,” he said. “Engineer Bill came here and opened it up. We all got to play red light, green light as little kids.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Hamas presented a pragmatic former university administrator as its choice for Palestinian prime minister Monday and the Islamic militant group reached out to Fatah and other factions to join a broad-based Cabinet that might stand a chance of gaining international approval. Officials said Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas would give Ismail Haniyeh his formal letter of appointment today, a step toward installing the first government to be headed by Hamas, which swept parliamentary elections last month. Haniyeh, 43, told reporters after meeting with Abbas that he would try to form a joint government with Fatah, the traditional Palestinian ruling party that Hamas trounced in the election, “that can shoulder its responsibilities in the political area and internal issues.” So far, Fatah has refused to join. He also criticized Israel’s decision over the weekend to freeze the transfer of tax funds to the Palestinian Authority after Hamas took control of the parliament. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgAides warned that the drug import plan was likely to be stripped out of the legislation – as it has been in past years – whenever it got to a conference of House and Senate lawmakers who will negotiate the final version. The administration also has opposed efforts to loosen the restrictions. Two House spending bills this year – to fund the Homeland Security and Agriculture departments in 2007 – include the drug importation plan, said Kirstin Brost, spokeswoman for Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin, the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee. While importing drugs into the United States is illegal, the FDA generally has not stopped small amounts purchased for personal use. Still, the FDA says it cannot guarantee the safety of imported drugs.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Vitter’s plan, which was embraced by Democrats, specifically would prohibit Customs and Border Protection from stopping people with doctors’ prescriptions for FDA-approved drugs from bringing the medicine into this country from Canada. But Republican leaders vociferously opposed the plan for fear, they said, the drugs could be unsafe for consumers – or even present a terror risk. Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., said the proposal was an attempt to push the FDA into reversing itself while “creating a massive hole on our capacity to secure our borders and protect ourselves.” “If I were a creative terrorist, I would say to myself, `Hey, listen, all I’ve got to do is produce a can here that says `Lipitor’ on it, make it look like the original Lipitor bottle, which isn’t too hard to do, fill it with anthrax,” Gregg said. Lipitor is a cholesterol-lowering drug. WASHINGTON – The Senate opened the way Tuesday to let Americans import prescription drugs into the United States from Canada, seeking to ease a regulatory ban on cheaper medicine crossing the border. The proposal, which was approved 68-32, would create a Canadian loophole on a Food and Drug Administration ban on importing prescription medicine into the United States. It was offered as part of a $31.7 billion Homeland Security Department spending blueprint for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. The department’s Customs and Border Protection bureau began aggressively seizing Tamiflu, Viagra and other incoming prescription medications at borders in November. Prescription drugs – even those manufactured in the United States – are generally sold at cheaper prices in Canada. “We should demand that (Customs and Border Protection) focus on the true priority that we face on the War on Terror,” said Sen. David Vitter, R-La., of efforts to secure U.S. borders. “Stripping small amounts of prescription drugs from the hands of seniors …. that should not be a priority.” last_img

first_img Dion Pereira (Watford) – A Watford academy graduate, the 18-year-old was handed two senior team appearances last season. Pereira, who hails from Hertfordshire, will continue to be a part of the Hornets youth setup this season but Marco Silva could be tempted to give him a chance now and again. 20 Declan Rice (West Ham United) – The 18-year-old has been the stand out performer for the Hammers this season as he came on as a substitute against Manchester United before starting both the Southampton, Cheltenham Town and Newcastle games. Rice, who was once part of the Chelsea academy, was handed his first Republic of Ireland senior call up last season and, despite naturally being a central defender, has been deployed in defensive midfield by Slaven Bilic. He could become West Ham’s version of Eric Dier at Tottenham in that respect. 20 Alfie Mawson (Swansea City) – As the Swans managed to escape the relegation drop, 23-year-old Mawson emerged as a key man for manager Paul Clement. The England Under-21 international joined the Welsh side last summer from Barnsley and is very much one of the first names on the team sheet at the Liberty Stadium. Kian Flanagan (Crystal Palace) – Palace dished out an Academy Player of the Year award – which went to Kevin Gonzalez – but we have selected the winner of their Scholar of the Year. Flanagan is a soon-to-be 18-year-old attacking midfielder and remains part of the Palace youth setup. There is still plenty of time for the young man to progress. 20 Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – The young academy prospect certainly made an impression last season as he was crowned Young Player of the Year despite only making 12 appearances. This year, thanks to the absence of first-choice right-back Nathaniel Clyne, Alexander-Arnold has featured regularly and scored an excellent free-kick against Hoffenheim in the Champions League play-off first leg. Manager Jurgen Klopp is obviously a fan so expect the 18-year-old to feature on a fair few occasions this season. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) – While Alli didn’t win any specific Spurs youth award we’re including him because he won the PFA Young Player of the Year for the second consecutive season last year and you can’t really do much more than that. Still just 21 years of age, Alli has flourished under Mauricio Pochettino and is now a fully established star for his club and his country. There will be plenty more to come for the midfield man. 20 20 20 Tom Edwards (Stoke City) – Stoke manager Mark Hughes appears to rate Tom Edwards highly as the emergence of the 18-year-old apparently persuaded him to sell Phil Bardsley to Burnley this summer. While mainly a right-back, Edwards is also capable of playing on the left and a breakthrough may not be far off after he received his first England Under-19 call up in June. 20 Angel Gomes (Manchester United) – Angel Gomes is the youngest ever recipient of the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award which, considering some of the talent to come through the ranks at Old Trafford, is high praise indeed. The 16-year-old England Under-17 international scored 12 goals in 19 games for the Red Devils’ Under-18 team and was rewarded with his first team bow in the final game of last season against Crystal Palace. In doing so he became the first ever player born in the 2000s to feature in the Premier League and hopes are certainly high. He has remained part of the United youth setup for this season. 20 20 Oliver Younger (Burnley) – While Michael Keane may have been nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award, the centre-back was instead named Burnley’s Player’s Player of the Year last season. The Clarets’ awarded their youth team Player of the Year award – decided by Under-18s boss Michael Duff – to Oliver Younger. The defender has remained part of Burnley’s youth squad for this campaign. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) – The Foxes were always going to suffer from the loss of N’Golo Kante but Ndidi went some way to filling the void when he arrived from Genk in January 2017. The 20-year-old midfielder went on to win Leicester’s Young Player of the Year award – a highly commendable achievement considering he was only at the club for half a season. He has remained an important man for Craig Shakespeare for the 2017/18 campaign and has started both Premier League games alongside Danny Drinkwater in the centre of the park. When the annual end of season awards come around a number of watchful eyes are usually pointed in the direction of the Young Player of the Year recipients.West Ham’s Declan Rice and a number of other players are edging their way into their respective first teams, so talkSPORT.com looks at all the other top young players in the Premier League.Note: Not every club awarded a young player award last season. Where possible we have found an equivalent or looked at the previous year’s winner. 20 Sam Surridge (AFC Bournemouth) – Eddie Howe’s team dished out two young player awards with Kyle Taylor picking up the youth team player gong. However, forward Surridge was presented with the club’s Under-21 prize, outlining his significant promise. The 19-year-old has joined League Two club Yeovil Town on a season-long loan for the 2016/17 campaign and has so far featured four times for the Glovers. 20 20 20 20 Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) – For all of Arsenal’s failings last year they did have a number of contenders for the Young Player of the Season, including Rob Holding and 2016 winner Hector Bellerin. However, the man to receive the award was Nigerian forward Iwobi who enjoyed a breakout year last season despite a late drop in form. The 21-year-old made 38 appearances in all competitions to cement himself as one of the Gunners’ rising stars. This term his pre-season form was exemplary but he has only made one late substitute appearance, against Stoke, in Arsenal’s three games so far. Phil Foden (Manchester City) – Sane was on the shortlist for the PFA Young Player of the Year award, but City themselves have a host of gongs dished out to their young players. In this case talkSPORT is looking at 17-year-old Foden, who scooped both the Under-18s Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year awards. Such is the midfielder’s talent he toured with the City first team in pre-season and Guardiola, who is a big fan, has put him on the first team bench in the Premier League. 20 20 Sam Field (West Bromwich Albion) – Part of Tony Pulis’ remit at West Brom is to bring through some of the promising youngsters at the club and in Sam Field there aren’t much better. The 19-year-old is highly regarded at the Hawthorns and has been handed starts in both of the Baggies Premier League games this season. He is certainly one to watch this season. Jake Vokins (Southampton) – Southampton’s youth academy is a highly regarded entity with the likes of Gareth Bale, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and current first-team man James Ward-Prowse all emerging through the setup. Last year’s Young Player of the Year was full-back Jake Vokins who only signed his first professional contract in March 2017. Last season he featured regularly for the Saints’ Under-23 side and was also part of the England Under-17 side that finished as runners-up in the European Championship during the summer. He currently remains at Southampton but a first team opportunity might not be too far away for the youngster. Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) – The Magpies signed Hayden permanently from Arsenal last season, after his successful spell at Hull City, and he proved pivotal as Rafa Benitez’s side won the Championship title. The 22-year-old has also featured in the first three of Newcastle’s Premier League games and will hope to continue playing a part as the St James’ Park outfit try and stay up. 20 20 Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) – While Chelsea continue to win trophies, successfully developing their youth players remains a real problem. Such is the issue it appears no 2017 young player award was actually given out. So, instead, talkSPORT is looking at 2016 winner Loftus-Cheek who was expected to have a breakthrough campaign last term, which never happened. This year the 21-year-old midfielder decided to follow a number of other Chelsea players on loan at other clubs, with Loftus-Cheek opting for Crystal Palace. 20 Tom Davies (Everton) – The Toffees have a cluster of young talent breaking through into the first team with Ademola Lookman and Dominic Calvert-Lewin just two examples. However, in terms of breakout seasons the stand out star was Tom Davies, who is still just 19 years old. The throwback midfielder made 25 appearances in all last year and scored a stunning goal against Manchester City to truly announce himself. He will undoubtedly get more first team opportunities this season – particularly with Everton making it into the Europa League group stage. Solly March (Brighton & Hove Albion) – March has been part of the Seagull’s first team since 2013 despite missing large parts of the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons through injury. However, during Brighton’s promotion campaign the 23-year-old academy graduate returned to the senior side in November following a knee injury and shone for Chris Hughton’s side from then on, resulting in him picking up the club’s Young Player of the Year award. March has started all three of Brighton’s Premier League matches so far this season. 20 Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) – The 21-year-old Danish midfielder joined the Terriers as a youth prospect in 2014 but has since gone on to break into the first team. Billing featured in 24 Championship games as David Wagner’s side defied the odds to gain promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs in 2017. After picking up the Player’s Young Player of the Year award he has featured in Huddersfield’s firs three Premier League victories from the start this campaign. last_img read more


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“They just changed the contract,” said Valles, whose Castle Black Studios teaches troubled teens music and encourages them to form bands. “This concert was for kids. All the band members are under 18. They made them look like bloodthirsty animals.” Valles said the negative attitude by city officials made it difficult to obtain insurance in time and that after city officials doubled the number of police officers required, he failed to raise the additional money required by Wednesday’s deadline. Assistant City Manager Nancy Mendez denied the city was biased against heavy metal. But she said disturbing characterizations about the event on MySpace.com – a social networking Web site used mainly by teens – prompted city officials to take a “closer look” at the contract. WHITTIER – Like oil and water, the city of Whittier and heavy metal are proving that they don’t mix well. Dave Valles, organizer of a planned seven-band heavy metal concert scheduled for Aug. 16, said he was forced to cancel the event after a last-minute change to his contract left him insufficient time to meet the city’s requirements. Valles accuses city officials of creating unreasonable barriers to block his event based simply on a distaste of heavy metal. The concert was set to take place at the Whittier Community Theatre – a venue which can hold 450 people – but after the city produced the new contract Wednesday, Valles said his cost tripled. “Certainly the number of groups that were playing and some of the Internet commentary did alert us to the fact that there could be many people coming,” Mendez said. “There were some references to blood and violence. Even though that was just talk, and probably no fault of the promoter, it did stiffen some of our requirements.” Valles said contrary to what he described as preconceived notions by city officials about heavy metal fans, his organization aims to help troubled teens stay in school and to focus their interest in music. If the kids maintain at least a C average in school and they create enough bands, Valles promises to hold a concert. “We disappointed a lot of kids who put a lot of hard work into this,” Valles said. “We made T-shirts, fliers and really advertised it. It’s a setback for the kids of Whittier who were discriminated against.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more